Our App Crashed: Expressions of Desire in the Context of Social Media Dating Applications
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This research project focuses on desire, a topic that many scholars have discussed and debated over the ages. In particular, it explores contemporary modes of expressing desire; namely, through online dating. The motivation for the research arose when I found myself newly single in my mid-thirties and forced to enter the world of online dating. It revealed to me a new social landscape and way of communicating with others. I discovered quickly the power of the ‘mediated text’ message and the nuances that arise through this form of communication. Hence, my visual research responds to the research question ‘how is desire modified and expressed in mediated texts sent via online dating applications?’ Using an action-research method, I researched online dating and critically reflected upon my own online dating experiences and those of others, whom I interviewed and corresponded with, to create the visual research of this DVA project. I found that the participants (and I) tended to place too much emotional significance on received mediated text conversations, leading to the intensification of romantic and emotional attitudes towards new connections. I also researched the statistical information about on online dating in Australia, which revealed the disadvantage that women aged over 34 years face in finding a long-term partner. Combined, the research and interviews provided a condensed snapshot view of Brisbane’s current trends in modern dating practices, which in turn informed and inspired my work in the studio.
Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Doctor of Visual Arts (DVA)
Queensland College of Art
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Social media dating